Matt Reeves Ditches Affleck’s “Batman” Script

Filmmaker Matt Reeves, talking with MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast ahead of the release of his new film “War for the Planet of the Apes,” has revealed that when he came onboard to do “The Batman” for Warner Bros. Pictures, it meant the whole project was starting over.

Reeves confirms that he had scrapped the earlier script that Affleck, Chris Terrio and DC’s Geoff Johns had worked on: “No, it’s a new story. It’s just starting again. I’m excited about it. I think it’s going to be really cool.”

Reeves has previously made it clear that Affleck will remain as the Dark Knight in a more noir-driven take on the character. Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke served as the villain in Affleck’s script, but it’s unclear if that will remain the case with Reeves who has previously indicated casting is some time off.

He also spoke to Uproxx about his vision for the project and says:

“When I come in, what I say is, ‘Look. First of all, you’re asking me if I’m interested in this franchise. I am. I love this franchise. I’ve loved it since I was a kid. But here’s the way in which I’m interested in it. And if you’re not interested in it in that way, then that’s totally fine.; And the good news was, they said, ‘Yeah, we’re really interested in that way.’

And I remember this on Dawn, too. There would be moments where I came in for a pitch that was a certain version of the movie, and somewhere along the way, because they didn’t know me or whatever it was, they’d say, ‘Why don’t we do this?’ And I would just simply say, ‘But that’s not the movie that we talked about. That’s not the movie I want to do.’ And I have to say that they always backed down when it came down to that. And it’s kind of the way that I’ve always done it. And here’s the thing: I’m always happy not to do something. I’m usually looking for the reason to say no.”

Affleck is set to appear at San Diego Comic-Con next week to promote “Justice League” in which he reprises the Bruce Wayne/Batman role. Filming on “The Batman” isn’t expected to get underway until early next year.